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In many cases, dental implants are a great alternative to dentures and bridges to replace missing teeth. What are they and how do they work? This blog will give you the detailed information you need to make the best decision for you.
Contrary to what some may think, most missing teeth do need to be replaced. Replacing missing teeth with an implant, bridge or denture will stop the surrounding teeth from shifting into that space and altering your natural bite. It also restores the ability to chew food and maintains a beautiful smile! Here is how an implant works: A titanium anchor or screw is placed into the healthy bone where there is a missing tooth. This can be placed by an oral surgeon or dentist who has been certified in this type of practice. The anchor serves the same purpose as the roots of your natural teeth, creating a strong base within bone for a crown to be placed onto. After implant placement, your bone and tissues are allowed to heal and integrate for 3 to 6 months. At this point, a successful implant is stable enough to place a crown onto.
Not everyone is a candidate to receive an implant. The best patient will have adequate bone structure surrounding the missing tooth area. The best candidate will be in good health and good oral health. Smokers and patients with uncontrolled systemic diseases may not be the best candidate for this procedure. Talk with your Dentist at your next visit to see if a dental implant may be an option for you!